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Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians will soon have a new option for traveling from Hancock Street to the Thomas E. Burgin Parkway in Quincy Center.

Generals Bridge will create a new connection between areas of high activity in Quincy Center, and will honor military veterans and modern-day generals with roots in Quincy, representatives of the Koch administration told city councilors at a meeting March 5.

The state’s Department of Transportation is funding the $7 million cost of the bridge and will maintain it once it is built, said Frank Tramontozzi, an engineer with the city who works on downtown projects.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year, he said.


The new bridge will extend Cliveden Street west, across Parkingway, and its new western terminus will be at Burgin Parkway. Cliveden Street’s eastern terminus is at Hancock Street.

From Burgin, where lanes of traffic in each direction are separated by a median, motorists will be able to make a right turn onto the bridge, and a right off the bridge. The median will not be altered to accommodate left-hand turns.

The new bridge will be striped with bike lanes, officials told councilors.

Lawyers will speak with councilors at an upcoming meeting about obtaining privately held land so the bridge can be built, Tramontozzi said.

Plaques will be placed on the bridge to honor four generals who have Quincy roots, and the city is conducting research to see whether any others should be honored, he said.

The four generals are General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was born in South Boston and raised in Merrymount; Quincy native and retired Air Force Brigadier General Ronald Rand, chief executive of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; retired General Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army, who grew up in Quincy; and General James C. McConville, vice chief of staff of the Army, who is from Merrymount.


Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.